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2011 America’s Best Architecture Schools

August 22, 2011

Origin: http://archrecord.construction.com/features/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools/2011/schools-2.asp

Originally published in November 2010

Top 10 Architecture Programs Graduate

1     University of Michigan
2     Harvard University
3     Yale University
4     Columbia University
5     Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6     Cornell University
6     University of Cincinnati
8     University of Pennsylvania
9     Washington University in St. Louis
10   University of California at Berkley
10   University of Texas at Austin

ARCHITECTURE SKILLS ASSESSMENT

These rankings, based on the hiring experience of firms surveyed, assess the preparedness of recent graduates in a range of vital skills. Survey participants were asked which collegiate architecture programs (under graduate or graduate) are strongest in each skills category.

Analysis and planning

1     University of Michigan
2     Harvard University
3     Cornell University
4     Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
5     Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5     Yale University

Communication

1     Harvard University
2     University of Michigan
3     Yale University
4     Cornell University
5     Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Computer applications

1     Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2     Southern California Institute of Architecture
3     University of Michigan
4     Columbia University
5     Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Construction methods and materials

1     California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
2     Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
3     University of Michigan
4     Lawrence Technological University
4     University of Kansas

Design

1     Harvard University
2     Southern California Institute of Architecture
3     University of Michigan
4     Cornell University
5     Yale University

Research and theory

1     Harvard University
2     University of Michigan
3     Columbia University
3     Yale University
5     University of California at Berkeley
5     Cornell University

Sustainable design practices and principles

1     University of Oregon
2     University of Michigan
3     University of California at Berkeley
4     Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
5     Auburn University

ARCHITECTURE DEANS SURVEY

The DesignIntelligence ” Survey of Architecture Deans and Department Heads” tallies the opinions of academic leaders, who weigh in on the status and progress of their own and peer institutions.

Most admired B.Arch. programs

1     Auburn University
2     Cornell University
3     Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
4     University of Texas at Austin
5     Syracuse University

Most admired M.Arch programs

1     Harvard University
2     Yale University
3     Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4     Columbia University
5     University of Michigan

 ARCHITECTURE STUDENT SURVEY

Overall Respondents

63%     Undergraduate students
34%     Graduate (master’s) students
   3%     Doctoral students

Believe they will be well prepared for their profession upon graduation: 92%

How they grade the Quality of program overall (%)

56     Excellent
34     Above average
  8      Average
  2      Below average
  1      Failing

What students do after graduating (%)

31     Pursue an advanced degree in architecture
  5     Pursue an advanced degree in something other than architecture
48     Work in private practice
  2     Work for a corporation
  1     Work in government
  4     Self-employment
  3     Volunteer for a nonprofit or community service organization
  6     Other (including undecided)
84     Plan to take the Architect Registration Exam
73     Plan to become LEED accredited

Further Information:http://archrecord.construction.com/features/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools/2011/schools-1.asp

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